Redcar MP gives seal of approval to supported housing bid
Monday 6 September 2021
Redcar MP Jacob Young has given his seal of approval to proposals for a supported housing village at an ambitious new multi-tenure housing development, we’re delivering with Vistry Partnerships North East.
The £58 million Kirkleatham Green development, situated on Kirkleatham Lane in Redcar, will provide 375 new build homes for a range of tenures. Beyond Housing will offer 108 homes for affordable rent and shared ownership, whilst Linden Homes will market their 187 homes for outright sale, with partners Sigma offering a further 80 homes for private rent.
On a tour of the Kirkleatham Green development, Mr Young viewed our plans for an additional supported housing village to be built on a site adjacent to the existing development. The addition of the village would make Kirkleatham Green the first development of its kind in the north east, being specifically designed to provide homes under such a wide range of different tenures.
The £12 million supported living scheme, which is currently in the planning phase, aims to build 75 homes for residents living with varying care needs. The scheme proposes a mix of 45 one and two-bedroom apartments in a single block, 12 two-bedroom apartments with their own front door and communal gardens, 12 one-bedroom self-contained houses and 6 two-bedroom bungalows.
The supported living village, a concept developed in collaboration with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s adult services team, is designed to meet an established need for flexible accommodation that allows vulnerable people to live independently. Alongside the homes, the supported living village will include range of supporting functions to help the community come together, including a social space with a refreshments area, salon, shop, office space for support teams and communal gardens.
Subject to planning consent, it is hoped that work could commence on the village before the end of this year, with the first homes delivered in 2023.
Jacob Young MP said: “It’s so important for local people to have access to high quality housing, to meet a need for those wanting to rent affordable homes, buy their first home, or move into more supported accommodation.
“It’s clear that this supported village is going to provide a great service to people in Redcar and Cleveland and it’s fantastic to see Beyond Housing investing in our area, providing that level of care for our community and for local people going forward.”
Jason Lowe, Head of Independent and Supported Living at Beyond Housing, said: “Beyond Housing’s ambitious aim for this scheme is to provide a range of accommodation types, aligned to specialist care and support, to help people in Redcar and Cleveland live independently, safely and securely.
“We’ll be working very closely with the local authority to ensure elderly people and those living with disabilities or mental illness can access homes that fulfil their needs and improve their quality of life.”
Andrew Rennie, Development Director with Vistry Partnerships North East, added: “If approved, the addition of the supported housing at Kirkleatham Green would create a pretty unique community, catering for a complete cross section of residents. It is a very exciting initiative of which to be part.”
Following Mr Young’s visit, he extended an invitation to housing minister Christopher Pincher to visit Kirkleatham Green to showcase the work being done to provide affordable homes in Redcar and Cleveland.
On his visit to Redcar, housing minister Christopher Pincher said: “Redcar is at the heart of our levelling up agenda. It has received a huge cash injection from the towns fund and money from the coastal community fund, so we want to invest in the infrastructure and the skills in these areas.
“Building these houses will provide a base to do that, these homes will be a mix of rented, shared ownership and fully owned houses. This is so that everyone has the opportunity to get on the housing ladder.”